warble

1 [wawr-buhl]
verb (used without object), warbled, warbling.
1.
to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments: The canary warbled most of the day.
2.
to yodel.
3.
(of electronic equipment) to produce a continuous sound varying regularly in pitch and frequency.
verb (used with object), warbled, warbling.
4.
to sing (an aria or other selection) with trills, quavers, or melodious turns.
5.
to express or celebrate in or as if in song; carol.
noun
6.
a warbled song or succession of melodic trills, quavers, etc.
7.
the act of warbling.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English werble a tune < Old North French < Germanic; compare Old High German werbel something that turns, equivalent to werb- (cognate with Old English hweorf- in hweorfan to turn) + -el noun suffix

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warble

2 [wawr-buhl]
noun Veterinary Pathology.
1.
a small, hard tumor on a horse's back, produced by the galling of the saddle.
2.
a lump in the skin of an animal's back, containing the larva of a warble fly.

Origin:
1575–85; origin uncertain; compare obsolete Swedish varbulde boil

warbled, adjective
unwarbled, adjective
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warble1 (ˈwɔːbəl)
 
vb
1.  to sing (words, songs, etc) with trills, runs, and other embellishments
2.  (tr) to utter in a song
3.  (US) another word for yodel
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of warbling
 
[C14: via Old French werbler from Germanic; compare Frankish hwirbilōn (unattested), Old High German wirbil whirlwind; see whirl]

warble2 (ˈwɔːbəl)
 
n
1.  a small lumpy abscess under the skin of cattle caused by infestation with larvae of the warble fly
2.  a hard tumorous lump of tissue on a horse's back, caused by prolonged friction of a saddle
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]
 
'warbled2
 
adj

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warble
c.1300, from O.N.Fr. werbler "to sing with trills and quavers," from Frank. *werbilon (cf. O.H.G. wirbil "whirlwind," Ger. Wirbel "whirl, whirlpool, tuning peg, vertebra," M.Du. wervelen "to turn, whirl"); see whirl. The noun meaning "tune, melody" is recorded from c.1300.
Warbler applied to Old World songbirds (1773), in North America to birds that look like them but sing little (1783).
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Example sentences
The master alarm went off, a loud high-to-low warble.
They aren't releasing a song that got stuck in their heads by letting out a discreet, brief warble.
The field is selectable to provide either the high sound of a horn, warble or siren, with an optional flashing strobe light.
Bot flies and warble flies are serious parasites on livestock.
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